I have all of them locked to the panel, but they keep moving around upon logging out and back in. So, for example, sometimes the Indicator Applet Session is farthest to the right, but sometimes the Clock/Calendar is, and occasionally the Notification Area is. This is a small issue, but annoying.
Why do my clock, indicator applets, and notification area sometimes move around when I restart? How can I prevent that?
The only time that I saw that was when using different monitors, or a remote login (in other words : changing the resolution, and then the layout of the panels). Is it your case ?– Little JawaJul 29, 2010 at 13:54
Do you use gnome or kde?– txwikingerJul 29, 2010 at 13:59
IIRC the Indicator Applet is GNOME-only.– lfaraoneJul 29, 2010 at 14:05
I'm using GNOME 2.30.2 with Ubuntu 10.04. I'd guess it has something to do with the fact that I've added Epiphany and gmail-notify to my list of start-up apps, but I'm not sure.– eugenemarshallJul 29, 2010 at 14:13
There is no real solution except to wait for bug #44082 to be fixed. However, there is a (very hackish) workaround. Put your panel applets where you want them, then run
gconftool-2 --dump /apps/panel panel_backup.xml. When the applets get messed up, run
gconftool-2 --load panel_backup.xml killall gnome-panel
gnome-panel --replace &be more apt?– lfaraoneJul 29, 2010 at 14:16
No, because if you do it this way, you can close the terminal afterwards.– diekiJul 29, 2010 at 14:36
3I've noticed that just running killall gnome-panel often solves this problem for me without the gconftool-2 bit.– JimJul 29, 2010 at 15:08
I usually just
Ctrl + Alt + Backspaceto restart X a bit excessive but eh. Jul 29, 2010 at 16:31
AFAIK, Ctrl + Alt + Backspace does not work in recent Ubuntu releases.– diekiJul 30, 2010 at 17:27
I use a simpler and more user friendly solution, IMO, than dumping to XML and restoring (which didn't always work for me, btw).
So, the answer to life, universe and everything is (not 42):
1. Install "Lockdown Editor" using Ubuntu Software Center (or whatever you prefer)
2. Launch "Lockdown Editor" under "System->Administration"
3. Under "Panel" enable "Lock down the panels"
Whenever I want to make changes to the panels I disable the setting, make the changes and enable it again. Worked like a charm for me so I hope it helps others too.
IIRC, there is a "Lockdown all panels" option in Ubuntu Tweak. I wonder if this option would accomplish the same thing? Aug 6, 2010 at 10:43
It might. I never used Ubuntu Tweak but I'd say it's a pretty good bet it does just the same. You can also do it with gconf-editor or gconftool-2 directly.– Li LoAug 6, 2010 at 16:23
Yep, the "Lockdown all panels" option in Ubuntu Tweak does the same thing.– Li LoAug 14, 2010 at 15:35